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Carriage ride, anyone? Brides will want to know how to incorporate royal touches, like Kate's ride, getting polished here, into their weddings. Planners are ready to respond.
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updated 4/28/2011 3:22:02 PM ET 2011-04-28T19:22:02

More than 2 billion viewers are expected to set their alarms (or, for the less early morning-inclined, their DVRs) for 4 a.m. Friday to settle in with snacks watch the royal wedding unfold, just for fun.

But professional wedding planners are approaching Kate and Will’s big day a little differently. They’ll be scrutinizing the royal nuptials with as much attention as they would weddings they planned themselves — because they know that other brides and grooms will soon be asking them to fulfill their own royal dreams based on the noble couple’s choices.

Aimee Monihan, a planner for Tropical Occasions, Mountain Occasions and Santa Teresa Beach Weddings has not only reexamined Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 1981 ceremony and other royal weddings, but has also followed all this year’s pre-wedding coverage. “I’m watching all the shows this week that highlight what has gone into the plans thus far," she said. "I have my TiVo ready to record all the coverage from TLC, The Style Channel, E!, BBC, and all the major U.S. networks. I want to know what each and every one has to say and be prepared for any bride who may reference any one of them.”

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Wedding planner Nilo G.
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Wedding planner Nilo G. will create an inspiration board based on the royal wedding details that strike her fancy.

In addition to the specifics that won’t be revealed until tomorrow, many planners are focusing on bigger trends expected to ripple from these nuptials viewed ‘round the world. “The royal wedding brings back elements of tradition and timelessness that can sometimes be forgotten with the modern-day bride,” said Nilo G. of Kapture, an event and wedding production company in Southern California. One Kapture client booked for next year has made it clear she wants her Victorian garden-themed wedding to incorporate details from Will and Kate’s big day. Kapture has already consulted with top vendors in the area, but will also be closely monitoring the nuptials as they occur, not only for future brides and grooms, but current clients as well.

“We have a couple getting married this weekend who has already told us they’ll be watching the royal wedding right before their own wedding!” Nilo G. said.

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She plans to not only DVR the event, but also read online coverage to create an inspiration board based on it. But she’ll encourage brides and grooms to incorporate their own style, not just play copycat. “A lot of people are going to want to keep things really classic — lots of lace, scrollwork, the floral arrangements — but we’ll find a way for them to put their own spin on it,” she explained.

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Jes Gordon
Wedding planner Jes Gordon said her brides and grooms will want to DIY the best royal wedding details for their own events.

Jes Gordon, an event designer who takes pride in her eclecticism, will scrutinize the royal ceremony as it occurs — not only to take note of the details, but also to find ways that William and Kate have expressed themselves within the royal traditions.

“I think there are going to be contemporary aspects in this wedding,” Gordon predicted, citing the bride-to-be’s unusual sapphire engagement ring as an example of the young couple’s distinctive style.

Gordon, who will appear on Bravo’s new show “Rocco’s Dinner Party” as design mentor, sees the “how” behind it all as the biggest draw for future brides and grooms. “We’re in a world of DIY; we’re not just obsessed with details, but we’re obsessed with how it happened,” she said. “How did they choose the centerpieces? The menu? Will Kate do her own makeup?”

Study: Royal wedding mentioned every 10 seconds online

But not all planners will be staring at their TVs at 4 a.m., obsessively taking notes. Celebrity party maestro Colin Cowiewill be tuned in — but not from his couch.

“I’ll be watching the ceremony while sipping champagne on a friend’s boat off the coast of Indonesia,” he said. “No official ‘team’ will be scrutinizing, but … there’s sure to be some critiquing going on. Ideas will never be replicated, but they will certainly influence my designs going forward.”

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  1. Wacky royal wedding memorabilia

    Want more than just a royal wedding commemorative T-shirt or tea towel? Fans of Prince William and Kate Middleton are now offering an impressive array of fun items, including fashion dolls, comic books, toy sets and even condoms.

    The Franklin Mint created The Kate Middleton Royal Bridal Doll, available for a cool $295. (franklinmint.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Poppin' the question

    Big bling
    Bazooka Candy Brands has put together a limited edition Swarovski crystal-encrusted Ring Pop. The blue jewel itself is the same size and shape of the classic Ring Pop lollipop, except it is not edible. The design, however, is inspired by Kate's sapphire engagement ring. (Topps) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Royal reading

    "The Royal Wedding for Dummies" book is described as a "fun, slightly irreverent guide to enjoying, understanding, and joining the festivities." (www.dummies.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Eye of the needle

    The latest work by micro-sculpture artist Willard Wigan shows Prince William and Kate Middleton in an eye of a needle. Wigan, an artist celebrated for his tiny creations, fashioned the piece, which can only be viewed through a microscope, from synthetic fibre and painted it using a single eyelash. (Richard Baddeley / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Getting carded

    The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton isn't exactly a sporting event, but that's not stopping Topps from getting into the action on trading cards and injecting it into a baseball card set. (Topps) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Patriotic pooch

    Who says your four-legged friends can’t also be swept up in royal wedding fever? Thanks to Petite Pooch Fashion, you can now outfit your pup with a bespoke leather dog collar royally festooned with a union jack lining and a framed image of Kate Middleton and Prince William and ringed with high-quality, silver charms shaped like tiaras, crowns and other wedding-themed shapes. (shop.ebay.co.uk/petite-pooch-fashion) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. A commemorative beer with an added twist

    Seeking to give themselves an edge over other brewers with an eye for royal wedding commemoration, the creative minds at BrewDog concocted Royal Virility Performance. Reportedly imbued with Viagra, chocolate, Horny Goat Weed and “a healthy dose of sarcasm,” this limited edition artisanal beer is available only from the company’s website, BrewDog.com. (BrewDog.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. For royal rocking

    For the discerning music fan, Speck Products offer a royal wedding iPad case, in either regal black or fetching hot pink. (zazzle.co.uk) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. A royal tee for non-royalty

    Did your invite get lost in the post? Proudly proclaim your status as an aspirational commoner with this fetching garment. (skreened.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. From royal wedding to royal bedding

    Premiere Inn, Britain’s biggest budget hotel chain, is offering its guests the chance to sleep like future monarchs by offering limited edition duvets featuring printed images from the neck down of Prince William and Kate Middleton. (Premier Inn) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. London calling

    Barely There cases offer the opportunity to swaddle your iPhone in a handsome, commemorative case that will both cradle your gadget and your showcase your affinity for the newlyweds-to-be. (case-mate.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Matrimonial meerkats

    Seeking to honor the royal couple in a truly unique manner, Niftyknits immortalizes Prince William and Kate Middleton as 7” tall meerkats. (folksy.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Party pajamas

    For stateside Windsor-watchers planning on being up in the wee hours to witness the royal nuptials, Amazing Mart is offering commemorative sleepwear, fittingly emblazoned with the union jack and regal tartan. (cafepress.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. A royal spoonful

    The Royal Breakfast Company created Special Kate's and Wills' Royal O's cereal in limited edition boxes. The company offered 1,000 boxes of each cereal. (royalbreakfast.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Not your average poster child

    The “Prince William and Kate Middleton, The Royal Wedding Scrapbook” poster on commemorates the couple's April 29 wedding.

    For those fretting that all the good princes are taken, there's a “Keep Calm, Harry is Still Single” poster. Both posters are on AllPosters.com. (AllPosters.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Time for bubbly

    Drinks manufacturer and distributor Halewood International, which has owned the Prince William Champagne brand for more than 20 years, released a limited-edition commemorative label using both the Prince William and Royal Wedding trademarks. (Halewood International) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. A running start

    New Balance UK is making a limited number of pairs of it's 576 sneaker to commemorate the royal wedding. The trainers, as they are called in England, have blue velvet and red mesh with "Will" and "Kate" stitched on the tongues. Ten couples with the names Will and Kate (or Catherine, Katie, Williams or other valid variations) could enter a contest to win the shoes (U.K. residents only). (facebook.com/newbalancerunninguk) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Wedding tea

    Inspired by the romance and elegance of a traditional white wedding, Twinings created a twist on the classic and much-loved Earl Grey tea. The Royal Wedding tea is made with white tea leaves blended with bergamot essence and rose petals. (twinings.co.uk) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Pucker up

    The Kissed by a Prince lip gloss from The Bath & Body Works' Royal Collection shimmers with gold flecks. Other royal-inspired lip gloss names include Princess in Training.

    Royal wedding enthusiasts can keep their hands feeling fresh with If The Tiara Fits hand sanitizer. (Bath & Body Works) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. A noble jam

    Springridge Farm, based in Canada, marked the April 29 wedding with a orange and champagne marmalade. (Springridge Farm) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. All dolled up

    A limited-edition Princess Catherine Engagement Doll, made to resemble Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton, has been dressed and accessorized by seven award-winning British designers. (Luke Macgregor / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Not so cookie cutter

    Waitrose's gingerbread bride wears an elegant wedding dress and traditional tiara while the groom has gone truly patriotic with a Union Jack waistcoat. (Waitrose) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. A royal mix

    Schweppes beverage company launched limited-edition royal wedding bottles of its classic mixers and lemonade products in the U.K. (Schweppes) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. A scent fit for king and queen

    The Royal Romance massage oil from Neal's Yard Remedies blends damask rose, pomegranate, cedarwood and bergamot essential oils in a base of skin-nourishing organic marula, apricot kernel, sunflower and soya oils. (nealsyardremedies.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Food art

    The Papa John's pizza chain has created its own image of Prince William and Kate Middleton -- made out of a mosaic pizza -- ahead of their April 29 wedding. The chain worked with a food artist to create the pizza, which includes Kate Middleton's veil made from mushrooms, her dress from cheese, and William's suit out of salami and peppers. (Ash Photography Ltd via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Feline treats

    Fluffy needs the royal treatment too, according to the Cat Food Factory, which has a Royal Wedding organic cat food. (catfoodfactory.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Something's in the air

    Perfume creator Kim Weisswange's created the scents "Catherine" and "William" in honor of the royal wedding. (Marcus Brandt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Burning love

    Yankee Candle's limited edition royal wedding scent. Selling for $24.99, this candle boasts a "soothing blend of florals and subtle fruits." (Yankee Candle) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Child's play

    Now the even your little ones can get involved in the royal wedding celebrations with the Sylvanian Families wedding celebration set. The toy includes five rabbits and a beaver all decked out in wedding regalia. (sylvanianfamiliesroyalwedding.co) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Sweet love

    Created by British confectionery, Swizzels Matlow, these Love Hearts sweets commemorate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. (Andrew Yates / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. A throne for all

    Take a seat on a Prince William and Kate Middleton toilet seat cover. (Jeff Moore / Splash News) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Going postal

    A set of commemorative stamps, to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, will be available in Britain on April 21, the birthday of William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. (Royal Mail / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Open up!

    These commemorative PEZ candy dispensers don't open at the mouth like most dispensers do -- the whole head bends back. (Herwig Prammer / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Out and about

    Transport for London made a limited edition Oyster card, a plastic smartcard to travel around London. About 750,000 royal wedding Oyster cards will be available after April 21. (Clarence House / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Dressing up the kitchen

    Prince William and Kate Middleton now also adorn tea towels. (Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Got a sweet tooth?

    Bristows created a commemorative box of its clotted cream fudge in honor of the April 29 wedding. (Bristows) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Tea for two

    For those who would like to enjoy the royals with a spot of tea, this teapot, displayed for sale March 31 in London, shows Kate Middleton and Prince Middleton. (Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Ready for baking

    Kate Middleton and Prince Williams grace the covers of cookie tins displayed for sale on March 31 in London. (Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. Some royal bling

    This variation of the classic Union Jack places Willilam and Kate at the center of attention. These phone cases from Fantegrate are handmade with Swarovski crystals and cost $220. (royalweddingcases.fantegrate.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Mix and match

    "Royal Wedding: William and Kate Dress-up Dolly Book" is an illustrated book contains lifelike cut-out figures of Prince William and Kate Middleton and includes a variety of outfits to mix and match. The book also contains interesting facts about their romance, engagement and wedding. (penguin.co.uk) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. A plush act

    Meet William, The Royal Wedding Teddy Bear, from The Great British Bear Company. The bear is dressed in full Royal Air Force uniform and comes with a replica of Kate Middleton's famous sapphire engagement ring. (theukgiftcompany.co.uk) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. Face off

    Want to get into royal character? Super Party Masks offers these Kate Middleton and Prince William masks. (superpartymasks.co.uk) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. The sound of romance

    This is a collection of nostalgic and contemporary songs fit for a future king and queen. The "A Royal Romance" set includes two discs of music and a DVD of rare and unseen footage of the happy couple. (cduniverse.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  44. Not your average pillow

    Jan Constantine’s Royal Wedding pillow is embellished with the names William and Catherine in antique gold across the heart and adorned with the crown of Prince William. (achicaliving.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  45. Clocking it in

    A wall clock shows the bride- and groom-to-be in front of Westminster Abbey, the venue of their April 29 wedding. (amazon.co.uk) Back to slideshow navigation
  46. Not boxed up

    Prince William and Catherine are portrayed on each side of Westminster Abbey on this 24-carat gold-embellished box. On the side panels are the prince’s coat of arms, with the couple’s initials, and Buckingham Palace, where Queen Elizabeth II will give a reception following the marriage. The box is also decorated with the national flowers of the United Kingdom: rose, daffodil, shamrock and thistle. (www.halcyondays.co.uk) Back to slideshow navigation
  47. Power up

    Even batteries are getting the royal treatment. These limited edition royal wedding USBCELL reusable batteries sell for about $17.99. It can be used like a normal battery and can be recharged by plugging into a USB port. (usbcell.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  48. Mugging it

    Worker Linda Hancox gilds the first of a limited edition of 1,000 Loving Cups, to be part of the official Royal Wedding commemorative china, at one of the factories making the official china, in Stoke-on-Trent, in central England March 23, 2011. The china has been produced to mark the April 29 wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. (Paul Grover/Pool / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  49. Royal wedding cake

    Baker Michelle Wibowo spent 80 hours sculpting a tasty homage to Prince William and equally sweet Kate Middleton for the Ideal Home Show Cake competetion. The fruitcake, a royal twist on the classic tiered wedding cake, is covered in apricot jam and made up of more than 20 pounds of marzipan and 10 pounds of icing sugar. (Courtesy of Michelle Wibowo) Back to slideshow navigation
  50. Dunkin' royals

    Dunkin' Donuts revealed their newest addition, the "Royal Wedding Donut," which is filled with gooey red jelly and topped with vanilla icing with just a dash of chocolate drizzle. For just 89 cents, you can dunk these royally caloric morsels in your morning coffee starting April 24 at participating Dunkin' Donuts. (Dunkin Donuts) Back to slideshow navigation
  51. Dial up Will and Kate

    Companies are cashing in on Will and Kate's romance, including Carphone Warehouse, which is now selling a £14.99 Alcatel PAYG royal wedding-themed phone. (carphonewarehouse.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  52. Keeping the love fresh

    GDHA, distributor for GE appliances in the U.K., revealed "the ultimate" in royal wedding memorabilia – a 5’9” side-by-side fridge freezer emblazoned with one of the official engagement photographs of Prince William and Kate Middleton. (facebook.com/GEappliancedistributorUK) Back to slideshow navigation
  53. Stirring it

    Special commemorative cups of coffee featuring the faces of Prince William and Kate Middleton, which have been created for the International Food and Drink Exhibition 2011, the U.K.'s leading food and drink event. (Matt Faber / Press Association Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  54. Harry and Kate?

    Guandong Enterprises' souvenir mugs feature photos of Kate and “Will,” but it's actually Kate and Prince Harry. (guandongenterprisesltd.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  55. Nutty nail decals

    Royalty at your fingertips? Local Westminster souvenir shops sell crafty nail art devoted to Will and Kate. (kaboodle.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  56. Get carded

    The Royal Wedding Playing Cards promise a fun game with all your favorite British royalty: "Get a royal flush whilst you celebrate the royal wedding with these playing cards; decorated with pictures of the happy couple-to-be." (johnlewis.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  57. Piece of pie

    British company Pieminister is preparing for the upcoming nuptials by releasing two new limited-edition treats. The "Kate & Wills" pie is made with beef, wine, bacon, pearl onions, mushrooms and a dash of brandy, while the "The Royal Pear" pie is composed of poached pears, rum and chocolate. (pieminister.co.uk) Back to slideshow navigation
  58. Mugged

    Drink up with Kate and William coffee mugs, designed by Sarah Cole. And don't worry, they're dishwasher and microwave safe. (COLE OF LONDON) Back to slideshow navigation
  59. Little Miss Princess

    A new "Little Miss" book commemorates the royal wedding: "Little Miss Princess has been invited to a very special wedding - a royal wedding! But she's given her maids and butlers the day off work. Will she get there on time?" The large-format coloring book comes with two pages of stickers and a personalized wedding section for fans. (Egmont Books Ltd) Back to slideshow navigation
  60. Kiss Me Kate

    Castle Rock brewery has announced plans to celebrate the marriage of HRH Prince William to Kate Middleton in the best way it knows how – by brewing a special real ale. Called "Kiss Me Kate," it will be available on draught at Castle Rock and many other local pubs for the full month in the run up to the wedding on April 29. (Castlerock Brewery) Back to slideshow navigation
  61. In hot water

    A Hamburg company has beaten the Brits at their own game — a cup of tea — by selling "KaTEA" tea bags featuring Prince William and Kate Middleton happily soaking in hot water. Filled with German-grown black tea, they are being sold for a limited time with a greeting card at donkey-products.com. (shop.donkey-products.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  62. Getting bagged

    Does talk of a mushy royal wedding make you physically sick? Does your stomach churn when you're subjected to news about Kate's dress? You're in luck. Lydia Leith created kitschy sick bags, selling for £3 each, for those who can't stomach a big, expensive wedding celebration. (www.lydialeith.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  63. Cut it out

    The Prince William and Kate Middleton lifesize cardboard cutout by starstills.com sells for £29.99. The product description promises it is "sure to turn heads and wow visitors in equal measure!" (www.starstills.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  64. Fits like a glove

    Handmade in Scotland, these 100-percent lambswool, camel-colored gloves feature the royal couple's names and, of course, an engagement ring. Available at donnawilson.com for £35. (Donna Wilson) Back to slideshow navigation
  65. Commemorative condoms

    The "Crown Jewels: Condoms of Distinction" feature the happy royal couple smiling at each other. "Lie back and think of England," recommends the company's website. "Like a royal wedding, intercourse with a loved one is an unforgettable occasion." These sell for £13.50 for a 3-pack of 9 condoms, available at crownjewelscondoms.com. (Crown Jewels Condoms) Back to slideshow navigation
  66. All dolled up

    This 17-inch, limited-edition fashion doll shows the bride-to-be in her blue Issa designer dress and wearing Princess Diana's iconic sapphire engagement ring. The doll is available at the Paradise Galleries store on Amazon.com. (Paradise Galleries) Back to slideshow navigation
  67. Playing around

    Early Learning Centre's children's play set includes the bride and groom sitting in a gold-trimmed horse-drawn carriage, flanked by the Queen of England, Prince Phillip and their favorite corgi, with a Royal Cavalry soldier and foot soldier standing guard. Available at Early Learning Centre for £15. (Early Learning Centre) Back to slideshow navigation
  68. Looking animated

    "The Royals" follows Prince William throughout his privileged upbringing, schooling, hardships and eight-year romance with Kate. The 32-page comic, on sale for $3.99, will also feature fictional details of the royal wedding, including Kate’s dress, the couple’s honeymoon location and more. You can order the comic book at comicshoplocator.com. (Bluewater Productions) Back to slideshow navigation
  69. They nailed it

    Butter London is due to release a limited edition nail lacquer in honor of Kate Middleton's engagement. The shade is said to be gray-blue with glitter galore and is cleverly dubbed "No More Waity, Katie", a facetious play on the endearing "Waity Katie" nickname given to her pre-engagement. (Butter) Back to slideshow navigation
  70. The dish on Will and Kate

    KK Outlet's plates boast funny, clever slogans, including "Thanks for the free day off," "Economic crisis? What economic crisis?" and "It should have been me." The collection is available at kkoutlet.com. (Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  71. Seeing double

    Kate Bevan, a Kate Middleton look-alike, poses for a photograph with a knitted toy inspired by the forthcoming royal wedding, at a toy fair in London on Jan. 25, 2011. (Andrew Winning / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  72. Silver spoons

    Souvenir silver plated spoons for the royal wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton are pictured in a shop in central London on Jan. 18, 2011. (Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  73. All dressed up

    Fashion label Reiss has re-created the "Nanette" frock that the princess-to-be wore for her engagement photo session with Mario Testino. As part of the Spring/Summer 2011 collection, the frilly white dress has been produced in a lighter-weight fabric (while still maintaining its original style). It will be available in Reiss stores beginning Feb. 7. (Reiss, Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  74. Harry situation

    One of the more humorous books about the royal wedding that has been released is "Prince Harry's Field Guide to Surviving a Royal Wedding." (amazon.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  75. Going for gold

    This £5 gold-plated silver coin was released as a special tribute to Prince William and Kate Middleton on the occasion of their engagement. The special betrothal design received royal approval from Prince William and Queen Elizabeth. (Courtesy of The Royal Mint) Back to slideshow navigation
  76. Piece of ash

    Souvenir ashtrays for the royal wedding are pictured in a shop in central London on Jan. 20, 2011. (Carl Court / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  77. T-time

    This T-shirt features a photo of Prince William and Kate Middleton at the wedding of a close friend in October 2010. It sells for £8.50 ($13.50), and is available on eBay.com. (eBay) Back to slideshow navigation
  78. Getting mugged

    Mugs commemorating the forthcoming marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton are stacked at the Prince William Pottery Company in Liverpool, England, on Nov. 23, 2010. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  79. Off the cuff

    Souvenir cuff links for the royal wedding are pictured in a shop in central London on Jan. 20, 2011. (Carl Court / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  80. Faking it

    The "Princess Simulated Sapphire Ring" features an oval, faceted simulated gemstone surrounded by a sparkling border of clear, round simulated diamonds in prong settings. The ring is available at Kenneth Jay Lane stores. (QVC) Back to slideshow navigation
  81. Family jewels

    Souvenir jewelry boxes featuring the happy royal couple are seen at a shop in London on Jan. 27, 2011. (Paul Hackett / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  82. For whom the bell tolls

    The Prince William and Kate Middleton limited-edition royal wedding bell features the newly created monogram of the intertwined initials of the bride and groom. The bell is being sold by hanleymarketing on eBay.com. (ebay) Back to slideshow navigation
  83. Magnetic couple

    Souvenir refrigerator magnets to mark Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding are on sale at a shop in London on Jan. 27, 2011. (Paul Hackett / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  84. For the pill of it

    A commemorative pillbox bears the date of Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. (The Royal Collection via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  85. Going postal

    Souvenir postcards featuring Prince Charles and Princess Diana as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton are seen at a shop in London, Jan. 27, 2011. (Paul Hackett / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  86. Mouse trap

    Fans can click away with the Prince William and Kate Middleton Black Design mouse pad. (diskonky.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  87. A thimble of my love

    This fine bone thimble commemorates the April 29th wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. (eBay) Back to slideshow navigation
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    >>> this morning on royal countdown to the wedding, 15 days to go. if you're not winging your way to london to attend the wedding you may put together your own royal themed party and watch prince william and kate say their "i do's" on tv. good morning, elizabeth. this is so incredibly awesome. i love all of this. let's start first with what you've done with these adorable invitations.

    >> it's not too late. you've got two weeks. we've designed the formal invitation for you. we've done all the work. you fill in the name, date, and time. we say it's an event steeped in tradition. we take tea bags. we created a label you tape on your tea bag . cut it out. it's so fun.

    >> i love that you can get it online. you can encourage people to do things at the event like wearing hats.

    >> you want to wear hats. you can make your own or you can have crowns and things that people can wear. you want to get in the spirit. there you go. you look like kate . you have the blue dress .

    >> i'll have to bring this home for my daut sneghter.

    >> you want to do the photo ops. you have people hold them in front of their faces and take a picture with the boy la road. it's super cute. you can do it in front of this wall decal which is from this company called design a to z. it will not do anything to your wall so you can hang it up and take it arch.

    >> i love this.

    >> if you don't have a garden bench, and if you do, bring it inside. we decorate it with all kinds of pillows. make your own with a white pillowcase like we did or order it from bliss and living.

    >> this is traditional pims.

    >> served courtside at wimbledon. it's pims with lemonade and a little soda water and garnish it with a cucumber slice. how is it?

    >> refreshing.

    >> on amazon daim you can get all kinds of fun, classic english treats like walker's crisps which are potato chips . have beer on hand.

    >> what could be more fun, especially at 4:00 in the morning.

    >> then you want to go to the reception. there's been a lot of talks about the groom's cake. our food director came up with a recipe. that's absolutely delicious.

    >> what does that mean, a groom's cake?

    >> the traditional wedding cake is a fruitcake. we know how we feel about that. the groom's cake has chocolate in there. it's another dessert. it's a dense chocolate with tea biscuits in there. it's incredible. you can get the recipe at womansday.com. the tablecloth, you can take a sheet or white tablecloth and all you do is use painter's tape and fabric tachlt get your union jack pattern. the tea bags, they're kate tea and william.

    >> this is what stephanie want sthoos they just hang out on your tea bag . they're just -- the good thing about this wedding like all of these royal weddings, they're so much on the market. so many novelties. there's so many websites. plum.com, tuesdaymorning.com. we can get all this stuff because we have time to do it.

    >> what about tea sandwiches of course. everybody knows tea and tea sandwiches are a great combination.

    >> cucumber sandwiches, curry and chicken, they're niece to have. scones and cookies and things like that. as a parting gift to go go away, union jack . some of these cooks aren't as good as they look but they're from debbiebakery.com. i encourage you to take that home to your daughter with the crown as well so she can partake in the wedding too.

    >> this is a great way to celebrate. you showed how you can make a party with all these great themes, things you can print out on line and serve great food and get people into the great mood.

    >> this is even if you're not watching it live and you're taping it later, you can turn the whole tea into a cocktail party as we said with the middle table.

    >> you're so creative.

    >> i'm so glad you wore that.

    >> my blue.

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